The Cobb County Board of Commissioners, or BOC, is made up of five Commissioners: four district Commissioners who represent their districts plus one Chairman who represents the whole county. The BOC is in charge of most aspects of county government, except for schools. The BOC is in charge of zoning decisions which can affect the quality of life for Cobb residents.
Cobb County district commissioner is considered a part-time, paid position, unlike the Chairman position, which is full-time and pays considerably more.
East Cobb falls in Commission Districts 2 and 3, though due to recent boundary changes, most of East Cobb is now in District 2 (see new map below).
The candidates for the Republican nominee for Cobb County Commission District 2 are Bob Ott (incumbent) and Jonathan Page. If no Democrat runs for this seat, the winner of the Republican primary on May 24, 2016 will be the winner of the November election.
The Primary date is May 24, 2016. See the Cobb Elections website for more info. Early voting starts in May, and you can view all the early voting dates and locations here.
To vote in the primary, citizens must be registered by April 26, 2016. You can check here to see if you are registered, and to get the location of your polling place
When you get to your polling location on May 24, you must choose to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary. Georgia is an open primary state, so you can vote in either primary, and you won’t be asked about your party affiliation, if any. To vote for Bob Ott or Jonathan Page, you must choose to vote in the Republican primary.
Many NEW East Cobbers can vote in this election.
The area of Cobb Commission District 2 was changed by the state legislature as part of redistricting of Cobb County in 2014.
Many areas north of Roswell Road, which were formerly in District 3, are now in District 2. Commissioner JoAnn Birrell’s District 3 map changed too.
The District 2 area now includes most of the Pope High School area, as well as part of Lassiter High School. District 2 still covers the Walton and Wheeler High School areas in East Cobb.
Voters who live in the new boundaries of District 2 can vote for the District 2 Commissioner this year, even if they voted for the District 3 Commissioner in 2014. See the new map here.
The Isakson Living project is now a major campaign issue in the District 2 race, so it's important we all vote on May 24, 2016. Johnathan Page is challenging Bob Ott for his seat on the Cobb County Board of Commissioners. A major backer of Jonathan Page criticizes Bob Ott's zoning decision on Isakson Living. In the April 14, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal, Jim Rhoden, a major supporter of Page, criticized Ott's decision to deny the Isakson Living zoning next to East Cobb Park, called "Tritt Walk" in the article. See the full article here &/or this recent blog post about his stance.